President Donald Trump has broken his silence over the Oscars best picture gaffe, saying he thought there was too much focus on politics to get the award ceremony right.

There were chaotic scenes at the end of the Academy Awards on Sunday night, when the best picture Oscar was awarded to La La Land before it was realised a mistake had been made and Moonlight was actually the winner. In-between the presenting of awards, stars and host Jimmy Kimmel spent much of the ceremony mocking and attacking the Republican president.

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Mr Trump told Breitbart News, the conservative news organisation that used to be run by Steve Bannon, the president's key adviser.  

“It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”

Kimmel launched a relentless series of jokes at the president's expense, and showed his support for Meryl Streep in her spat with Mr Trump.

Opening the show, he said the ceremony was being watched around the world by "countries that now hate us". He appealed to viewers to make an effort at reconciliation by reaching out to political adversaries they knew personally and to "have a positive, considerate conversation, not as liberals or conservatives, as Americans".

"If we could all do that, we could make America great again," he said, an allusion to Mr Trump's campaign slogan.

He made the audience give Meryl Streep a standing ovation. He said the actress was "over-rated" echoing the president's appraisal of her following Streep's anti-Trump speech at the Golden Globes last month.

"I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It's gone!" he quipped.

He then referenced the exclusion from a White House press briefing of certain news organisations on Friday. He asked anyone from CNN, New York Times or any publication with the word “times” in to leave the building.

"We have no tolerance for fake news," he said.

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